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The ESL FACEIT Group, the holding company behind ESL and FACEIT, has released a roadmap for the 2023 season of its women’s CS:GO racetrack ESL Impact.
Next year there will be two seasons, with live LAN events in Katowice, Dallas and Hanover, and a total prize pool of at least US$400,000 (~£337,000).
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Organized by ESL Gaming, the ESL Impact League is an all-female CS:GO circuit currently in its second season. The season 2 finale will take place November 25-27 at Dreamhack Winter.
ESL claims to have given away over $370,000 (~£312,000) in prize money since the launch of ESL Impact across its League Seasons, Cash Cups and standalone events – next year it is set to more than double.
The ESL Circuit roadmap for 2023 begins with a standalone event for the top two teams from Europe, North and South America, who will go head-to-head in February at next year’s IEM Katowice.
Season 3 of the ESL Impact League will then run from March to April, with the top eight from the same three regions battling for two spots each in the Grand Finals. The Grand Finals will take place from June 2nd to 4th in Dallas, USA with a prize pool of $150,000 (~£126,000).
Season 4 of Impact League will then run in the same format from September through October, with the top two teams from each region traveling to Hannover, Germany on December 15-17, this time for another $150,000 Grand Final .
In addition to the two league seasons, ESL said Cash Cups would also return in 2023 with a total prize pool of $100,000 (~£84,000). More details about the cups are expected to be released at a later date.
ESL Impact’s ambitious 2023 roadmap comes shortly after the conclusion of VCT Game Changers, the women’s league for VALORANT. The VCT Game Changers Championship saw over 230,000 top viewers and became the second most watched all-female esports tournament of all time, according to Esports Charts data.
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Major esports organizations are signing women’s rosters as female esports scenes see growing interest and investment in multiple titles. In addition to VALORANT and CS:GO, the 5th season of the Rocket League Women’s Carball Championship recently started.
Charlie Sirc, Game Ecosystems – CS:GO Product Manager at ESL FACEIT Group, commented: “It’s amazing to see how the right infrastructure has already helped countless women focus on what they love and up their skills to take it to the next level.
“From individual women who have significantly improved their gameplay to some major esports organizations investing in a women-only roster, 2022 has already seen more success stories than we could have imagined. And we look forward to improving the track even further in 2023 and beyond.”
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